Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

You will develop an in-depth understanding of dementia and its effects.

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Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course

    Fully-funded

  • Course duration

    20 weeks average course length

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Learning Method

    Online learning materials with online assessment

  • Awarding body

    NCFE or TQUK depending on location and training provider

Overview of Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

Qualification aims

There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today, with this number expected to rise to over one million by 2025*. As an increasing issue, it is more important than ever that health and social care workers are equipped with the skills to understand and support people with dementia.

Interested in studying one of our dementia courses? Distance learning makes our courses accessible to anyone, anywhere. This qualification is designed to provide you with thorough knowledge of dementia and dementia care and is ideal if you are already employed in the health and social care sector and wish to upskill.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of dementia and its effects. You will explore the various types of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis, as well as focusing on person-centred approaches to dementia care, the role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support.

This qualification will equip you with the knowledge needed to work in a variety of roles within the health and social care services, and is ideal if you want to enter, or progress within this sector.

Course units

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve the 7 mandatory units.

This unit will introduce you to the most common types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. You will study the causes, effects and risk factors of dementia and gain an understanding of the importance of early diagnosis.

 

Throughout this unit you will gain an understanding of the importance of person-centred care for individuals with dementia. You will consider how each individual’s experience of dementia is different and how they can be supported.

 

This unit will introduce you to various ways in which individuals with dementia may communicate. You will discover the factors that could influence interactions and communication, and develop your understanding of how communication is an effective part of caring for and supporting individuals with dementia.

 

This unit will enhance your understanding of the range and benefits of positive interactions in dementia care. You will discover the importance of promoting identity and inclusion and will also investigate how individuals with dementia can engage in activities.

 

You will develop your understanding of the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion within the context of dementia care. This unit highlights how to recognise and challenge discrimination and oppressive practices.

 

This unit will provide you with an understanding of how the rights of individuals with dementia are protected, and how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and make decisions involving carers and others.

 

You will develop your understanding of the common medications that could be used for individuals with dementia and the actions to take in the event of side effects or adverse reactions.

Get certified

Gain a nationally recognised level 3 accredited certificate.

Qualification benefits

88% of our learners say our courses have equipped them with vital skills to help them progress in their working life.

Build up enough knowledge, skills and confidence to transition into a new career.

Level 3 qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited, giving you the foundations to improve your job prospects.

Eligibility

Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.

19+ at the start of the academic year.

  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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